Inspiration

There’s nothing like snuggling up by the fire, coffee in hand, and relaxing with a good book. The winter is definitely my favorite time to catch up on some reading.  You can shop these picks simply by clicking on the book in the slide show. I hope you have a great weekend!

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TGIF! This month on the January round up, I have compiled my favorite business resources into one short list. These are brands, companies and services that I have used and are using. I hope you enjoy!

1. The Quiet Power Strategy with Tara Gentile.

2. The Being Boss podcast. It’s all about creative entrepreneurs owning what they do and blending work/life. I love listening to these ladies while I am in the car or out for a walk.

3. In the process of creating a business plan? Or maybe you never made one for your business? You should! Here are all the essentials.

4. My favorite business guru Marie Forleo had David Bach on MarieTV, and it’s so worth watching. Check it out here.

5. I stumbled upon the Rising Tide Society this fall. A fabulous group for creative entrepreneurs.

6. How to write for dream clients, hosted by my new favorite biz lady Jen Carrington.

7. If you haven’t heard of Holly Becker from Decor8, then climb out from under the rock ASAP! Check out her amazing workshops and courses on Blogging Your Way.

8. Last year I did the Blogcademy, and I cannot recommend it enough. Such a great learning experience. You can take the courses online or in-person.

9. Awesome resources over on Xo Sarah, like how to grow your business and more.

10. One of my favorite sites is Design Sponge. More than the home makeovers, I love the stories about how business started and stay afloat in the Life & Business section.

11. If you have a WordPress website, aren’t the most tech savvy (ahem me) and can’t afford an IT employee (me again), then you need Chloe Digital ASAP.  For just 99$ a month I have all my minor tech needs met. I can’t tell you how much I depend on this!

12. Are you a digital publisher who needs help with content? Then you must have Erica Midkiff in your life! I worked with Erica on the guest post series I launched so I could take a proper maternity leave.

13. I know I have boasted before about how amazing Braid Creative is. They helped me develop my brand, find my voice and perfected my brand language. Not to mention boosted my confidence when speaking about my work!

14. If your a blog reader but don’t want your inbox blowing up with emails every day, sign up for Bloglovin’. You can follow your favorite blogs and then receive weekly emails with the posts by those bloggers all in one email.

15. I have been sweating Alt Summit since the first year it started. Someday I will make it there!

 

 

 

 

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La Petite Peach_ 9 Life changing morning rituals

Since our sweet baby Wren made her appearance last month, I have been SO off with my morning routine. I was on such an amazing kickgetting up early before the kids and having some zen time before the day. Now I peel myself out of bed at the last possible minute, chug a coffee and hustle, hustle all day long which leaves me wanting to pass out at 8 pm. It’s not just my energy that has been sluggish, my skin and hair are looking lifeless as well. After sitting down for a rare moment the other day when the girls were sleeping, I thought about how I can go back to those peaceful mornings. Here are my best tips for close-to-perfect morning rituals.

1. Rise Earlier: I talk about this a ton. It stinks when you’re too tired to get up even earlier, but it’s the only way to get in some “me time.” Getting up before the chaos of a long day to have a few peaceful moments is the most relaxing way to get started. I used to get up an entire 30 minutes before the kids do! You can get so much done with 30 minutes of kid-free time.

2. Water with Lemon: I keep water next to my bed at night, that way I can just reach over and drink it when first waking up. Having a sip of lemon water to start the day is supposed to clear out the toxins and flush the system. A healthy morning ritual that is so easy to do.

3. Stretch it Out: Before climbing out of bed, give your body a good stretch for least a minute. Stretch out your legs, arms and mid-section to get the blood circulating.

4. Shower: Since #3 arrived, I barely have time to shower in the morning. Instead I take a mid-day, rushed shower while the baby naps. Getting up earlier ensures that I  will have time for a long and relaxing shower. This makes me feel awake and alive after being up all night. Lately, I have been putting on some music and lighting a candle, similar to what I would do if I have time for a bath!

5. Treat Yourself: Before the baby, I would do a little coffee in the morning, but alternate with tea the next day so that I wouldn’t be drinking so much caffeine. But now I say who cares, I’m tired! I am going to treat myself to a coffee and even a latte if I can. Life is short, treat yourself!

6. Have a Gratitude Mantra: For the first few seconds after my alarm goes off in the morning, I sit in bed and think about what I need to do for the day. Instead of being stressed out about everything I have to accomplish, I am going to set a positive mantra. There is so much to be thankful for lately, and it’s time to start recognizing it! Here is mine for this week:

“I know I am tired but I am not going to let it get to me. I am going to get up, treat myself to a nice hot coffee and a long shower. I am going to be grateful that I get to spend the day with my sweet children who love me and are healthy and strong. I am going to put my best foot forward to be present with them today”

Let’s continue the conversation…what are your morning rituals? Comment below or head over to Instagram and comment there!

*Picture by Rachel Castillero from the Fox and the Sparrow.